Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi backed efforts to resuscitate a 2015 nuclear deal between major nations and Iran on Friday in Wuxi, Jiangsu province.On Saturday, the Chinese foreign ministry tweeted a summary of Wang’s discussion with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian.
Wang, a State Councillor, blamed the US for the continued problems with Iran, citing its unilateral withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal with the major nations.
In exchange for the removal of international sanctions, Iran agreed to reduce uranium enrichment, making the development of nuclear weapons more difficult.
Wang said China would strongly support resuming nuclear treaty talks.
But he said China opposes unilateral sanctions against Iran, political manipulation around issues like human rights, and meddling in Iran’s and other countries’ domestic affairs.
After withdrawing from the nuclear deal in 2018, the US reimposed sanctions that harmed Iran’s economy and regional influence.
It then began to gradually breach the agreement, restocking uranium, purifying it to a higher fissile purity, and constructing advanced centrifuges to increase output.
China and Iran, both sanctioned by the US, signed a 25-year cooperation pact in March, bringing Iran into China’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.
China’s economic and political power is expected to grow dramatically, raising concerns in the US and abroad.
From energy to infrastructure to agriculture to health care and culture, the deal will strengthen Sino-Iranian collaboration.
Iran and the US are still debating if a compromise can be reached to renew the deal and avoid a larger Middle East War. Many problems remain unsolved, a source close to the talks said Friday.
Wang said China aspires to establish a communication mechanism with Gulf countries to tackle regional security challenges.